“Do you mind?” I turn to face the person who has just hit me in the ankles with their shopping cart.
How about paying attention in the crowded entrance of the store? We’re not stampeding cattle, after all. Instead of saying this aloud I turn into an empty side aisle to get my serenity back.
Why am I here, again? That hurt. Oh yes, those items that I need. Do I really need them? Yes. Okay then, I must continue with my mission. Ohmigod, I’m bleeding.
That cart assault has dented my zen. I want to get my serenity back. How? With a simple 3-step process.
How to get your serenity back:
1. Slow down.
Slow down your thoughts. Pay attention to your reactions and internal dialogue. Now slow them down. Good. Now stop them altogether.
Feeling tense? Annoyed? Frazzled? Breathe. Focus. Still agitated? Breathe slowly; in through your nose. Hold. Exhale slowly. Now slower. As slowly as possible.
Find a way to distance yourself from the issue at hand, either physically or psychologically or both. Repeat #1 and #2 as needed.
Protect your serenity, beautiful people! Life is made up of moments. Make the moments as beautiful as possible. Protecting your serenity protects your beautiful life.
Upon reflection, I could see that this incident was really my own fault. What was I thinking wearing ballet flats to a warehouse-style shopping destination?